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Publisher's Summary

A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folk tales, but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination and continue to resonate with today's readers.

The stories here range from exuberant early works such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes", through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling", to powerful and more subversive later tales written for adults, such as "The Ice Maiden" and "The Wood Nymph". Tiina Nunnally's sparkling new translation of 30 of his extraordinary tales captures the vibrancy of Andersen's voice and will dazzle listeners young and old.

©2004 Tiina Nunnally (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections

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Dreamland Awaits - Bedtime Stories for All

These tales are fun to listen to if you have a child or grandchild who loves to be read to at night but you are just plain worn out! Just plug on earphone in the child's ear and one in yours and hit play on your player and dreamland will be yours before you know it. These timeless fairy tales are the perfect bedtime stories. Our favorites so far have been "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes". The stories are well told, detailed and are not condensed in any way. While some stories (like the "Princess and the Pea" are very short, some last more than 40 minutes.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Great stories! Wish it had chapter headings

The stories are well written, well read, but I wish the chapters were labeled so I could more easily find the one(s) I want.

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These are not for your children!!

These are not sweet and cute modern fairy tales- they are grim and gruesome- I guess they're the originals from HCA. Way too bloody and non-comforting for me.

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  • Michol
  • OREM, UT, USA
  • 09-15-07

Random

This was silly, random and clever.

4 of 31 people found this review helpful